For any unaware, I consider myself non-religious but open minded. I don’t assume an existence of a god (or gods) without proof (the definition of belief) but I don’t summarily dismiss the possibility of there being ‘something more’ to existence. (I also don’t pre-occupy my mind with the notion as without evidence to examine, anything about it would merely be speculation and conjecture)
Alas, whether you believe or do not believe, our world is saturated with believers of one sort or another. American culture is saturated with a majority of Christians specifically. And it is not just one ‘type’ of Christian either. There are Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Protestants, Lutherans, Mormons, Jehova’s Witness, Orthodoxy, Evangelicals, Fundementalists, etc. etc. etc.
The differences between the various ‘flavors’ of Christianity can be as varied as some of the ways they express and practice their beliefs. But more often than not the differences come down to the interpretations of and the relevancy of this gospel or that, this scripture or that, this passage or that, this translation or that.
Most of the christian religions that exist in western culture today stem from the reformation led under Emperor Constantine in the latter days of the Roman empire. Among other things, Constantine commissioned the council of Nicea to re-organize the bible leading to the 21 ‘accepted’ gospels most religions use today in the ‘new testament’. These books consist of mostly gospels written by the followers of Christ (the apostles) or from the words of those followers, and consequently consist of their observations and recollections of the teachings of Christ.
If you examine the history of the world, religion has had a major influence over the progress of man, Christian or not. If Yahweh is the one true god, Jesus was his only son and we are to believe God is all present, all knowing and all powerful then it starts to beg a question. In that the christian bible is the best selling book in human history, the bible is often cited in support of any number of behaviors, actions, laws and movements, and since many conflicts occur between interpretation and relevance of the gospels written by the followers of the one true messiah, God as all knowing would be aware of that.
So, why didn’t Jesus write a book (as long as he was here anyway) so there would be no question as to the true ‘word of God’?